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Ridesharing Comes to Washington

Bronwyn Flores, Sr. Coordinator, Policy Communications, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
Last week week, bipartisan leaders in the House — Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) —introduced a bill to allow federal employees to be reimbursed for using ridesharing and bikesharing platforms, such as Uber and Lyft and Capital Bikeshare.
Today, if federal employees want to use sharing economy platforms when traveling for government business, often they can’t ask for reimbursement. This bill helps to clear up any grey areas thereby increases transportation options available to federal employees by requiring the General Services Administration – the agency in charge of promoting efficiency in government – to issue comprehensive guidance on alternative ridesharing and bikesharing options.
Because we believe the federal government should not be in the business of favoring one form of transportation over another, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) endorsed the Government Travel Modernization Act. The bill increases competition among official transportation options by allowing federal employees to be reimbursed for rides from these sharing economy apps.
Want to help government employees get a safe and reliable ride home? Send a message to your representative today.